Earnings and Analysts

Quarterly earnings statements from public companies and periodic reports from analysts reveal the health and direction of the industry.

Caterpillar has record 3Q sales, though profit dips

Caterpillar Inc. reported record third-quarter sales and revenues of nearly $13 billion, 13 percent higher than the $11.4 billion reported in the 2007 quarter. “We are pleased to have set a new third-quarter sales and revenues record, particularly considering the recessionary conditions in North America and growing weakness in Europe and Japan,” chairman and CEO…more

Twin Disc sees drop in sales

Twin Disc of Racine, Wis., reported a 1.3 percent decline in sales and a 51 percent drop in net earnings for the 2009 fiscal first quarter, which ended Sept. 26. The company had sales of $72.7 million in the recent quarter, compared with $73.6 million in the year-ago period. Demand in the commercial marine and…more

MarineMax projects loss of revenue in fourth quarter

In advance of releasing its fourth-quarter and year-end results next month, MarineMax is reporting an expected net loss per share of between 58 cents and 68 cents for the fourth quarter. This compares to net earnings per diluted share of 35 cents in the same quarter of 2007. The company also expects to report fiscal…more

Fountain: Auditor’s opinion no cause for concern

Fountain Powerboat Industries said this morning that a recent auditor’s opinion raising concerns about the company’s finances is a “formality.” “This is the second year in a row we’ve had a net loss,” Irving Smith, Fountain CFO, told Soundings Trade Only this morning. “Based on that, the auditor is required to put a going concern…more

Marine industry watches for fallout from market intervention

Marine industry leaders are taking a wait-and-see attitude on how they may be affected by the latest federal buyouts to help shore up lending institutions and financial markets. “It’s early yet, but I’m encouraged by the way the markets are reacting,” Jim Coburn, president of the National Marine Bankers Association, told Soundings Trade Only this morning.…more

Brunswick optimistic despite 2Q earnings report

Despite a 2 percent drop in sales and a net loss of $6 million for the second quarter, Brunswick Corp. executives remain upbeat about the company’s efforts to reduce inventory pipeline, cut costs and remain profitable in the current economic downturn. “We had a solid quarter in a difficult economic climate,” chairman and CEO Dustan…more

CEOs slightly more optimistic this quarter

The confidence of CEOs crept up a notch in the second half of 2008, according to the Conference Board’s Measure of CEO Confidence. The confidence level of chief executives inched up to 39 in the second quarter, compared to 38 in the previous quarter. (A reading of more than 50 points reflects more positive than…more

West Marine: Sales don’t meet expectations

West Marine today reported an 8.3 percent drop in sales for the second quarter ending June 28 because of continued weakness in the U.S. marine market. “Net sales results during the second quarter were below our expectations,” said CEO Geoff Eisenberg in a statement. “Now that we are in the peak boating season, we continue…more

1Q boat sales post sharp dip

New boat sales posted significant declines in the first quarter of 2008, according to Statistical Surveys. The information is based on registration data from 46 states, representing 96 percent of the U.S. boat market.  “New boat sales for the quarter reflect the combined impact of a sluggish economy, tighter credit policies due to the mortgage…more

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